March 12, 2013 Subject:
Pretty sloppy and bungled movie that is more.. I don't know, character study? then anything else (it's not a mystery, or drama, the "murder" is rather, well, inconsequential). Mainly involving small-time politics, two timing females, and some music, this was a mess from the get-go. Some bonus points, Edna Mae Harris from Lying Lips is in this yay, the hilarious hunch backed bad guy, and the other bad guy who I swear, swears at the 18:00 min mark by saying "It took 5 minutes for her to fuck it up"
April 26, 2008 Subject:
For what it's worth...
There's something happening here - what it is ain't exactly clear.
Normally it would be easy to pan a movie like this: stiff acting, story that goes nowhere, lame music and jokes. But, in this case, the cheap shots don't come easy. For one thing, what kind of lowlife would badmouth a movie that ends with the words:
"...AND THE FUTURE - OF OUR RACE!"
That earned it one star right there.
Moreover, this movie has a little something for everyone - very little, but still something.
Somewhere in this yawner there's a point being made - about something. That'll give mystery fans something to puzzle over. And why is there some Spike Lee-clone mumbling in a solid Brooklyn accent about one day becoming a citizen? Because that earned the flick its second star.
Film theorists can conjecture on what school of thought may have led this film's writers to be under the delusion that someone might find the movie's gags to be funny. Or why the film seems to give more lines to the actors and actresses without talent than those who seem competent.
Then there are flashes of cinematic inspiration in the Ascension scene - despite the distraction of noticing the actress repeatedly stumble on the staircase (or maybe because of it).
Feminists will enjoy the roles the two male writers wrote for the women in this film - particularly the predominantly female Business League, that decided it needed a man to lead them.
Here's a Hollywood movie with an African-American cast and theme, directed by someone born in Germany, and co-written by someone with an Italian surname. The result is vapidity that shouts "Made in America!" (where else?) and dreams of one day becoming a first-class cinematic citizen. Despite all its shortcomings, the film was shrewdly titled. I watched the entire movie just waiting for the murder. Slick con: give that flick one more star.
October 23, 2006 Subject:
They're killin' me.
If you're interested in black cinema of the '40s then this is a movie you can watch.
But don't expect much.